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Historic Highlights (2013)
Itinerary:

  • See the best of Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, visit Mount Vernon and stay in Colonial Williamsburg. Travel along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park before stepping back to the Civil War at Gettysburg. Learn about the Amish and more on this 8-day tour.
  • Day 1: Arrive in Washington DC
    Welcome to the nation’s capital! Take your complimentary transfer to the tour hotel. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception. (Welcome Reception)
  • Day 2: Washington DC Monuments & Memorials / Free Time
    Immerse yourself in the proud heritage of a nation. Join a Local Guide to view the White House, Washington Monument and the National Mall. Reflect on the country’s most turbulent days at the Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial. Visit Arlington National Cemetery where many of America’s heroes rest. Afterward, your afternoon and evening are free. (Breakfast)
  • Day 3: Washington DC / Mount Vernon / Yorktown / Williamsburg
    Travel to the home of George Washington, on the banks of the Potomac River in Mount Vernon. Visit the Yorktown Victory Center and watch Revolutionary War history come alive. Arrive in Williamsburg, settled in 1638 as Middle Plantation, where you’ll discover the flavors of a traditional colonial menu with a delicious dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
  • Day 4: Jamestown / Colonial Williamsburg
    Captain John Smith and his hardy band of 104 settlers established the first permanent English settlement in the New World, Jamestown. With the insight of your guide, you’ll find out how rough life was for the early colonists when they came to America in 1607. Walk through the life-size re-creations of the colonists’ crude fort, explore the mock-up Native American Powhatan village and climb aboard a replica of one of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia. Then, fast forward to the 18th century to spend the rest of the day in Colonial Williamsburg. Chat with blacksmiths, take in a fife and drum parade, and even engage in some politicking with a costumed Federalist in the town square. (Breakfast)
  • Day 5: Williamsburg / Monticello / Shenandoah National Park
    Visit the very spot where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were inspired by Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” speech when you visit St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia. For a more genteel window into Jefferson’s life, explore Monticello, his neoclassical Italian estate perched atop a hill. Then take famed Skyline Drive into Shenandoah National Park. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will receive a Local Expert presentation about the ecology of the area. (Breakfast, Dinner)
  • Day 6: Shenandoah / Harpers Ferry / Gettysburg
    Harpers Ferry was home to the federal arsenal captured briefly by abolitionist John Brown’s small army. Brown and his men were soon defeated by Robert E. Lee, but the incident gave the West Virginia town a permanent place on the map of American history. Explore the quaint village on your own, then travel on to Gettysburg. Here you’ll be immersed in the narrative of the Civil War. Visit the incredible Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. (Breakfast)
  • Day 7: Gettysburg / Lancaster County / Philadelphia
    Join your Local Guide at the site of one of the Civil War’s most pivotal battles. The Gettysburg Battlefield was also the backdrop for Abraham Lincoln’s famed Gettysburg Address. A short drive takes you to Lancaster’s Amish agricultural community. Spend some time among their verdant fields and clapboard farmhouses before continuing to Philadelphia. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner. (Breakfast, Farewell Dinner)
  • Day 8: Philadelphia / Depart Washington DC
    Visit the National Constitution Center, an interactive museum tracing the history of the U.S. Constitution. Then explore Independence National Historic Park, home of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Return to Washington, D.C., where a complimentary transfer connects you to Dulles International and Ronald Reagan National Airports, or to the tour hotel in Washington, D.C., for guests extending their stay. Please do not schedule flights before 5:30 p.m. from Dulles International or 6:30 p.m. from Ronald Reagan National Airports. (Breakfast)
Accommodation:
Tour Length Hotel's Name Address
2 Nights
Capital Hilton
Washington DC
2 Nights
The Williamsburg Hotel
Williamsburg
1 Nights
Big Meadows Lodge
Shenandoah National Park
1 Nights
Wyndham Gettysburg
Gettysburg
1 Nights
Sheraton Society Hill Hotel
Philadelphia
Your Travel Value Includes:
  • Airport transfers in Washington, D.C. on Days 1 and 8
  • Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling
  • Welcome Reception with light appetizers and drinks (WR)
  • 7 full breakfasts (B); 3 dinners, including 2 three-course dinners (D) and Farewell Dinner with wine (FD)
  • Services of a professional Travel Director
  • Luxury motorcoach with air conditioning, reclining seats and onboard restroom
  • Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges Headsets for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide's commentary Hidden Delight A unique experience provided by your Travel Director
  • Portfolio of travel documents
  • Souvenir photo and My Journey booklet
Vacation highlights include:
  • Williamsburg, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Shenandoah National Park
Countries visited:
  • United States
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